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The College of Arts Sciences

Andrew Bielski

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Major Field

  • Theatre Studies

Minor Field

  • Romance Studies
  • Comparative Literature

Research and Scholarship Focus

Andrew Bielski ( is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, and an HSS Chateaubriand Fellow (2014-2015). He holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Michigan and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

Bielski's research examines points of contact between theatre, postwar French philosophy and psychoanalysis. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in (a) the journal of culture and the unconscious and Incertains regards: cahiers dramaturgiques, among other publications. His thesis examines the theatre of French militant philosopher Alain Badiou, whose Éloge du théâtre he is translating for Polity Press.

In addition to his research activity, Bielski is a stage director and dramatist. He was the Founding Artistic Director of the Egress Theatre Co. in New York City (2002-2008), where he adapted and staged works by Jean Genet, Franz Kafka, Nikolai Gogol and Gérard de Nerval.

At Cornell, Bielski has been the instructor of record for several courses on theatre and performance, including Freaks, Acting Out: Drama, Theatre and Psychoanalysis and Performance and Perversion.